Flash Technology in the Enterprise - Get Ready for the Disruption

My first car growing up was a 1970 Volkswagen Beatle or VW Bug (mine wasn't tuned like the picture). No frills. Fairly economical. Not very safe. But, a good starter car. It had a very simple engine that could be modified easily and cost effectively to offer better performance than some more expensive sports cars. As a result, the Beatle became the object of possibly  the earliest tuner cults for small displacement engines. The precursor to the Fast and Furious crowd, only with peace signs and flowers. You can check out an example of its drag capabilities here.  Aside from Herbie, most didn't race Beatles on road courses. The challenge with the Beatle, as with other economy cars turned street racer, is that once you put more horsepower under the hood (or the rear engine compartment in the Beatle), if you don't upgrade the suspension, tires, brakes, etc, you could find yourself wrapped around a tree or burning through tires mercilessly. Or both. You have to consider the overall performance of the vehicle in order to take advantage of all of that added horsepower.


Improving the overall performance of a car, or of a complex system, requires evaluating each of the components. Improving the performance of one component in a system will transfer bottlenecks to other components in the system and may not result in the overall performance benefits that you might expect. Today, there is a lot of excitement around Flash technology. And rightfully so. This is pretty great stuff. But, adding a bunch of Flash to your storage systems or servers without considering the other components in the data path may leave you disappointed. You need to consider the overall environment. Including the network.


The SNIA Ethernet Storage Forum (ESF) will be hosting a live webcast on September 20, 2012 September 27, 2012 at 8 1:00pm ET to discuss how 10 Gigabit Ethernet compliments the adoption of Flash to increase overall data center performance. You can register on BrightTalk here.


There will be live Q&A as well. The webcast will be recorded, so you can watch it later. But, if you don't attend live, you won't be able to get your questions answered. So plan to attend. SNIA will also post answers to the questions on the SNIA ESF blog.


UPDATE: Well, it looks like technical difficulties caused the webinar to be rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 27th, 1:00 p.m. ET, 10:00 a.m. PT.


Hope you can make it....Again.